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Erfan Jalilian

Erfan Jalilian, Shiraz Persian Restaurant (Image supplied)

He’s the owner of the Coast’s beloved Persian restaurant, Shiraz in Surfers Paradise and if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of dining there, do yourself a favour and book in ASAP.

We sat down for a chat with Erfan Jalilian about why Persian food is so special and his personal favourite dishes on the menu.

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
It’s been 8.5 years.

What do you love most about living here?
It offers pretty much a big city lifestyle but doesn’t have the traffic and craziness of a big city. Weather and nature are cheery on the top!

Tell us why you opened Shiraz Persian Restaurant on the Coast…
I didn’t open the store, I only came to help them back in 2012 as the store was struggling and I was doing my Masters Degree back then. I helped for a couple of years until I finished my studies, and by the time I wanted to leave the business was booming, so one thing led to another and I stayed in the business and we’ve been improving the business over the years with the help of our great crew.

What are some of your favourite dishes on the menu?
A tough one! Lamb Shank always comes to mind, followed by Shishlik (the lamb cutlets) and then Joojeh Torsh (which is marinated chicken in pomegranate sauce and ground walnuts).

You have an in-house delivery service now, do you deliver everywhere on the Coast?
Pretty much yes! Up to 7km radius for FREE (if above $40) and even further away, we can still deliver for a small fee and higher minimum orders. We’ve delivered to Hope Island, Helensvale and even as far as Upper Coomera!

How have you adapted your Persian dishes to a Gold Coast audience?
Honestly, Persian food by nature is loveable, it’s full of flavour but not too heavy to punch you in the face! Regardless, we always try to use the best quality ingredients and we’re very picky about them, we don’t just use any tomato sauce or mayo etc, we only use the brands that have been tested by us and we’re happy with their quality. We also found that most places charge hefty prices and give you so little and you’d leave the place hungry. Not on our watch! Our portions have been and will be always generous.

Do you cater for private parties and events?
Yes, we do! Persian food is great. We’re currently working on some catering menus but customers can always call me on 0460 520 073 and I can help to make a suitable menu within their budget. Due to Covid, at the moment we only serve the food to the location and don’t do catering on the spot. But hopefully this will change in the near future.

Do you have anything exciting on the cards for the rest of the year?
Yes, we have some upcoming exciting news. Can’t say anything right now but we’ll keep you posted.

Tell us your favourites on the Coast:
Coffee spot: Coffee Brothers in Merrimac
Cafe for breakfast: View Cafe at Hinze Dam
Restaurant for dinner: My wife and I both love Etsu in Mermaid Beach
How does your weekend usually look: Saturdays are busy at work until late night, Sundays I have off with my wife, little getaways to Mt Tamborine or I spend time with friends and family.

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